Unfortunately, it’s not enough to thwart it. Crap, foiled again. The inimitable Twisty has the perfect take on the octuplets story that continues to make news. Apparently there’s a debate raging over whether Nadya Suleman should have had 8 fetuses implanted, especially considering she’s a low-down single mother with 6 other kids she never had to render her vagina to a man in order to conceive, and, probably the greatest sin of all, she lives with her freakin’ parents! And she’s poor! Oh, also, maybe the doctor was unethical for implanting 8 fetuses. Twisty begins:
All this shit about whether it is “ethical” for poor, single women to have litters of babies is a red herring. What’s really going on here is “Hey, let’s rip on this mentally ill woman because she has appropriated her personal uterus to flout social convention!”
But then she really tells the truth:
The conditions under which a woman may become pregnant and undergo childbirth are rigidly monitored by the megatheocorporatocracy; these conditions are entirely rooted in keeping a firm hand on the sex class. You must be married to a man, have money and religion, and submit to medical authority. Also, you may only spawn one or at the most two babies at a time, and you must stop spawning when you’ve reached your community’s ick-saturation point — any more than three or four, for example, begins to make you look weird. The slightest deviation is aberrant — for instance, if you’re a pregnant teen slut, or you want to bring an “abnormal” fetus to term, or you want an abortion, or you have a glass of wine while pregnant, or you want to eat your placenta with fava beans and a nice chianti, or you’re a single woman seeking in vitro, or you’re on the dole, or you’re queer, or you already have 6 kids, or you have no money, or you’re a single woman with 6 kids and no money having wine and octuplets — bada-boom! The cold claw of community censure claps you upside the head, and people write blog posts on whether you should be allowed to mingle in polite society.
Commenter yttik (also of Reclusive Leftist commenting fame) gets her blame on in comments and nails the whole damn thing, leading me to create this post in the first place:
This woman has challenged several patriarchal concepts, she’s unmarried, has no job, doesn’t even have a father for the babies, they were all made in a lab. Then she doesn’t even have the decency to be properly ashamed after the first six, oh no, she goes out and deliberately has eight more. Then to really offend everybody, she plans to profit off of them so as to support herself and all these children. She’s absolutely horrified every patriarchal sensibility we have. Where are the men in her story? She’s rendered them completely irrelevant. Not only that, she’s pushing the idea that child rearing should be a for profit enterprise. For the mother! Seriously, the patriarchy is just all in knots over this outrage.
Personally, I’m inclined to send Suleman a check as a thank you for pissing off all the right people.
UPDATE: Oh man, the freak show is really getting under way now. The doctor, still unnamed, is now under investigation, and check out this picture of a protester in front of the Suleman domicile. I’m calling it Irony Shrugged.
I wonder how many babies he has. Also, note the typo. Dumbass.
And oh my god, if this is the right guy, it really is Irony Shrugged! Somebody get down to the Suleman house right now and serve child support papers on this asshole! Also, it should be noted that Gutierrez (a fairly common Latino surname) shares that last name with Nadya Suleman’s ex-husband, Marcos Gutierrez, so it’s entirely possible he’s using the presence of the media to carry out a legal stalking campaign against a woman he holds a grudge against. Whatever is going on here in this photo, it ain’t right. May the wind carry the point of that umbrella right into your eye, Mr. Gutierrez.